Archive for the ‘Notes’ Category

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Best SDEAS Deaf Cultural Show that I’ve Seen

November 21, 2016

“Of signs and wonders: Jesus made the lame walk and the blind see. At the 22nd Deaf Festival, in His Name and for His Glory he made the Deaf dance! And that is truly a miracle…” – Susan Abad, a relative I tagged along with to watch the show texted this to me, a day after witnessing for the first time the culmination of the 22nd Deaf Festival held at the ARG, CSB Theater in Taft Avenue, Manila.

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From Facebook – photo from CJ Patriarca of the Silent Steps

Last Saturday, November 19, I managed to find time to attend the 22nd SDEAS Deaf Cultural Show. I met old friends — both Deaf and Hearing. Many of them were members of the Silent Steps, the All-Deaf playgroup with whom I have worked with in several of my Deaf films, and the current faculty staff of the DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies [SDEAS]. I have seen Deaf theater presentation for the first time a decade ago in 2017 when I first enrolled as FSL student of SDEAS’ Filipino Sign Language Learning Program [FSLLP], a module intended for hearing persons.

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Me [3rd from right] in between hearing interpreter Febe Sevilla [4th from R] and Susan Abad [in dark glasses]. The rest are Deaf Faculty Staff of SDEAS. Jenn Balan on the extreme right and Anna Arce [2nd from left]

This year is, I would consider the best Deaf Fest presentation amongst several other cultural shows that I’ve seen in the past. All the participating performers were highly charged, energetic and were visibly enjoying their performances. The only thing they should consider next time when presenting is the pace with which they change from one performance to the other. There should be no long breaks in between presentation. In film, it is called transition. There should be fast but smooth transition flow.

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The Silent Steps with Myra Medrana, their choreographer on the extreme left [with eyeglasses]. Photo from her fb post. I recognize Mary Rose Gozon and Marvin [extreme right]

Myra Medrana’s choreography was great! The integration of film and theater which is something that I’ve done in several of my films for the Deaf was quite impressive, and really wonderful. A memorable performance that really touches the heart, and must have made some Deaf in the audience cried was the one that tackles Deaf issues on discrimination.

Even the video presentations highly leveled up in quality and form. Congratulations to SDEAS for the continuous support that they are providing their students!

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/22ndeaffestival2016/

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A Touching Adoption Story of a Child with Special Needs

November 3, 2016

Sharing with you a video that made me teary-eyed but happy. This is about a child with no limbs adopted by an American family who came all the way to the Philippines to fetch her. For the first time ever, I clicked “like” on youtube.

A story of love, yes!!!…unconditional love! I am sooooo happy for this girl, and very grateful to the family who adopted her.

May she grow up to be like Nicholas James Vujicic, a very inspiring person, without limbs like this girl, but who can easily put to shame those who call themselves abled for being courageous in overcoming his difficulties, living a wonderful life as a great inspiration to Persons with Disability and non-PWDs alike.

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Remembering the UP Film Center

September 30, 2016

Tree planting ritual was part and parcel of celebrating important events at the UP Film Center, then headed by its co-founder, first Director, and my Humanities Professor, Ms. Virginia R. Moreno. I worked there as an artist-researcher, and was later sent as scholar to the Film and Television Institute of India.

Now, as Board Member and Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation Inc.’s [GMEFI] Community and Educational Fund Assistance Program Head, I thought of adopting the tree planting idea for GMEFI as part of Metro Manila College Foundation Day Celebrations. GMEFI is MMC’s Community Social Responsibility arm. Since a tree is one of the major design elements of GMEFI’s logo, it has become more than just replicating the UP Film Center’s activity. GMEFI scholars, I thought could be likened to a young plant which has to be nurtured to be able grow properly, and become productive in the future.

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The mango seed that I planted and tended was sent to MMC to grow within the compound where the centennial-old Katipunan tree is located. Above are some of the Gawad Metronian scholars. The activity was held last September 27.

 

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Hearts Full of Joy and Hope at CBR-SMILE Center, Payatas

September 5, 2016
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Patti Rivera with the participants

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Teacher Ana with Bryan Bautista, son of CBR-Smile President Sanny Bautista

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[L-R]: Teacher Ana Rivera with daughter Patricia

It was quite exciting to see Children with Disabilities gathered together accompanied by their parents/caregivers to undergo sessions in Dance Movement Therapy [DMT] last Saturday, September 3 at the CBR Center. The Heart at Play Foundation led by Teacher Ana Rivera and her daughter Patti were there to train them.We witnessed varied expressions of anticipation from the participants of CBR-SMILE [Samahan ng mga Magulang na Iniingatan ang Lahat ng batang Espesyal Inc.] as they wait for the program to start. Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. [GMEFI] is co-sponsoring the project].GroupAs GMEFI’s Community Education Fund Assistance Programs Head, I joined the group led by our president Even Dominguez,  Administrative Staff Nina Padua, and Grace, an MMC student who is about to write a thesis focused on Persons with Disability. When we arrived, Mr. Ranil Sorongon, former ASP Executive Director, and currently the PPCWD Convenor and Norfil Foundation Consultant was giving the group a warm up talk, so to say.

The program started with the singing of the National Anthem led by a low-vision child, Perlyn Brevano followed by a prayer by Renea Leyva, mother of Terrenz Lukas Leyva, a child with cerebral palsy. The opening remarks was delivered by CBR-SMILE coordinator, Nitz Caliwan, in behalf of their president, Mrs. Sanny Bautista who came late because she had to attend another important meeting. GMEFI President Even Dominguez was the Guest speaker while Ranil Sorongon gave an inspirational talk. When Ms. Bautista arrived, she thanked GMEFI and all those who extended their hand to make the project possible like The Heart at Play Foundation, GMEFI and Norfil. Her voice cracked at one point.

An intermission dance was amazingly performed by CBR SMILE KIDS, namely: Bryan Bautista, Levilyn Bendal, Marie Claire Yeong, Teza Carl Cervantes, and Judy Ann Goyala. They danced and swayed their bodies gracefully and with gusto. They visibly enjoyed dancing; their talents, honed by patient teachers, and/or parents evident.

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Patti Finally, an introductory lecture on what Dance Movement Therapy is – as a combination of science and art — was explained by Patricia “Patti” Rivera who was aiding her mom, Teacher Ana. The Dance Movement Therapy session then started. THP prepared an IEP-Based Movement Teacher A about to beginGrading Sheet to serve as their tool to gauge the development of the individual participating child. Their main criteria, physical baseline has percentage of 40%, while the Elements of Dance were set each at 12%, as follows: Direction, Size, Level, Speed, and Balance.

Indeed, it was “heart at play” [to borrow from THP’s acronym] that we, as outside observers witnessed. For only committed hearts and soul could make such a unique activity happen in the name of love and in embrace of Persons with Disability.

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Unfortunately, we had to leave early so we were not able to watch the entire session. Sayang!! Hoping for the success of the project, joy for the participating children and their parents!

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[L-R]: Ranil Sorongon, Even Dominguez, Mirana, Nitz Caliwan, Sanny Bautista, Nina Padua

[Reposted from https://gawadmetronian.org/2016/09/05/hearts-full-of-joy-and-hope-at-cbr-smile-center-payatas/%5D

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Picture Editing of Spring Rhapsody Finalized

August 3, 2016

Janus Victoria’s “Spring Rhapsody” – her documentary in the making with lovely images she herself shot – was finalized yesterday. Started editing it a few weeks back. — with no script to follow. A tedious but challenging task as a film editor, but one I consider common. Tikoy Aguiluz’s “Father Balweg, The Rebel Priest,” also a documentary, shaped and formed in the same way too. In Spring though, after the images were lined up, and the structure was formed, Janus wrote to narrate her experiences during the trip. We then hear the interviewees mostly off-cam in between. Another friend of Janus cutely named Silver added shots and is responsible for the sound design and music. Nice one, I should say…

The docu is a visual essay dealing with a topic Janus wants to make into a feature film — the journey she took in Japan, the people she met to see for herself, better understand and have a deeper insight of the “kodokushi” or the lonely death phenomenon Japanese people have as part of their culture. Interesting subjects were interviewed, featuring an amazing woman artist named Ami, a photographer, a musician in the park, an elderly woman who wishes a painless death, and most importantly, the kodokushi cleaners.

Setting is Japan.

Journey ni Janus. That is how I describe it. Kodokushi segments maybe culturally shocking to some though; with life and death metaphorically paralleled with spring and autumn. However, journeying with Janus will surely be a wonderful and memorable experience.

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An Afternoon at the Franchise Asia Phl 2016 Expo in MOA

July 25, 2016

It was the last day of the Franchise Asia Philippines Expo yesterday at the SMX Convention Center in MOA. I came to learn about it from the radio program of Carl Balita at DZMM. His visitors were young entrepreneurs, highly energetic, and quite excited about the on-going Expo. I got interested somehow. But it was more out of curiosity to update myself on the latest in the Franchise world that really pushed me to go to MOA and spend some time there. I am not an entrepreneur; I was simply interested in seeing new products in the market now, and probably try some of them. MOA anyway is quite near to our house.

So, I went there, registered first, given a name tag and started roaming around. People are a-plenty; the ambience was quite lively; people seem to be all excited. There are many young people managing the booths, and giving away leaflets. There are big and small booths — and the first stall that caught my attention, and made me stop to buy some stuff are those that sell herbal and locally made products. It was a small booth but many people stopped by it. As I checked on what they offer, one of the staff noticed my name tag and said: “Oh! My surname is also Medina!” Then, she related that they are coming from Mindoro. I was both surprised and delighted to hear that because when I meet people with the same surname as mine, they either come from Pampanga [like Pen Medina], or Cavite [my father’s birthplace]. It must have my first time to hear someone with the same surname saying that they come from Mindoro. Surely, it is because I used to hear from my father and my historian-brother that our forefather’s origin was Mindoro… so, I was quite happy to meet someone from there, who could possibly be a long distant relative. We actually laughed at the probability that maybe we are related because of the shape of our roundish nose!!!

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With long distant relatives from Mindoro???

Then came her sister, I was introduced to her. We continued in trying to trace the possibility of a genealogical kinship. She asked for my grandfather’s name from Mindoro, and honestly, I thought awhile as I’ve forgotten his name..Hahaha! Sadly, I have never experienced having a Lolo or a Lola. They were all dead by the time I was born. Later, in the course of our talk I came to know that she is Carl Balita’s wife. And the stall, called One StoreHub belongs to them. The internet yielded her name as Lyne, a paediatrician. Quite a coincidence that I went to MOA because of Carl Balita’s program; and the first stall where I stopped to buy some stuff  — The Healing Tea it is called and honey — belongs to him. The best thing that happened is meeting people from Mindoro and the fact that there are really people with the same surname as mine coming from that place.

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Showing of PULE Moved in Time for Apolinario Mabini’s Birthmonth

July 9, 2016

The original plan to show PULE: Utak ng Rebolusyon /Brains of the Revolution in Metro Manila College, Novaliches, Quezon City was reset to an earlier date by Gawad Metronian Educational Institute, Inc. [GMEFI]. Intended to be shown in time for the Celebration of 2016 National Heroes Day in August, it was moved instead to last week of July.

Apolinario Mabini [1864-1903] was born on July 23, 1864. Hailed as a PWD icon, himself physically disabled, the National Disability Rehabilitation and Prevention Week is held in the Philippines annually from July 17-July 23 to serve as a tribute to the man.

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Explaining my proposal to show the educational docu for the benefit of Gawad Metronian Scholars and Persons with Disability of Bo. Kaligayahan, Novaliches. Present were the Board Officers and Members of GMEFI, Inc.

Metro Manila College will sponsor the showing with the hope of sparking nationalism in their students and for them to know who Mabini really was. Though an important figure who helped shaped the destiny of our nation, not so many people, especially young students are aware of his contribution as a hero.